Mac OSX version hardware requierment and i can install Mac OSX on intel P4

  • Asked about:  Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

1 Answer from the Community

  • For this version of OS X you need a Mac with an Intel processor just to install. If you're using a Power PC G4 or G5 Mac (i.e. iBook, PowerBook, Power Mac, or iMac G4/G5), you can't use Snow Leopard. Your processor must be 64-bit (i.e. Intel Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Extreme, i5, etc.) to take advantage of Snow Leopard's 64-bit technologies and must be multi-core (i.e. Core Duo or better, not Core Solo like the first Intel Mac Mini) to take advantage of Snow Leopard's multi-core capabilities. That said, Snow Leopard will run on any Mac with an Intel processor.

    As for installing OS X on an Intel Pentium 4, the short answer is no. There are workarounds to this, however, it is my understanding that using any workaround to install OS X on non-Apple hardware is a violation of Apple's EULA (End User License Agreement) and thus I will not provide any insight on building a Hackintosh. The Intel P4 chip is old enough that it wouldn't take advantage of most of Snow Leopard's core technology.